An Iron Age arrow found on the mountain in Norway still bears feather fletching

A spectacularly preserved Iron Age arrow – with its iron arrowhead, tendon casings and aerodynamic feathers – is now in the hands of glacial archaeologists in Norway.

It is rare for the fletching of arrows to be preserved, as the delicate feathers that help guide the arrow in flight usually decay over time. The arrows of Ötzi the ice cream manwho died around 5,300 years ago in what is now the Italian Alps, also retained their empennage, although their condition was not as good as that of this recently discovered 1,700-year-old arrowhead, the researchers said. archaeologists.

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